Baby Veronica Given to Adoptive Parents

    Melanie and Matt Capobianco stand side by side before a news conference on James Island, S.C., on Monday, Aug. 12, 2013. The couple, who are trying to adopt a Cherokee girl, on Monday called on federal law enforcement to help them bring the child to South Carolina, saying they'll take the matter into their own hands if necessary. Courts in South Carolina have finalized the couple's adoption, although the child has been in Oklahoma since 2011 being raised by her biological father because of his Cherokee heritage. (AP Photo/Bruce Smith)

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    Baby Veronica, the 4-year-old Native American girl at the center of a legal battle over Cherokee Nation rights, was returned to her adoptive parents Monday night. Veronica, whose biological father is a member of the Cherokee Nation, was adopted by a South Carolina couple, the Capobiancos, at birth and lived with them until she was 27 months old. Her biological father, Dusten Brown, an Iraq War veteran, was then awarded custody under the Indian Child Welfare Act, a federal law designed to stop adoptions of Native American children by white families. The Oklahoma Supreme Court invalidated the lower court’s decision and finalized Veronica’s adoption.

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